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PGCert in Higher Education

The PGCert programme is available to staff throughout The University of Manchester. Applications for 2019/20 entry will be invited from May 2020.

Programme aims

The aim of the PGCert is to introduce you to relevant literature and theory so that you can:

  • think critically about your contribution to the University;
  • develop a deeper understanding of the national and global Higher Education context; and
  • progress in terms of your professional confidence, personal effectiveness and long-term career strategies.

We will not tell you how to become better at your job; rather, we will challenge and develop the ways in which you think about Higher Education to ensure that you undertake your role efficiently and successfully.


The PGCert is delivered using a variety of methods, including face-to-face interaction, so that you can discuss ideas and meet other participants. There are also online activities for you to engage with when convenient.

You are expected to complete the programme within one academic year. The standard postgraduate time commitment is 150 hours per unit. However, the PGCert in HE is designed to draw extensively on your day-to-day activity as a university employee, and assessment can link closely to your normal professional practice.


The two principles behind the assessment are that:

  1. it relates closely to your usual professional practices; and
  2. you get to choose the topic and format that best suits your needs.

Traditional scholarly essays are acceptable, but blogs, video diaries and pedagogical reports are also encouraged.

The programme has one session per year that the whole cohort is expected to attend, and each unit has a further three or four face-to-face sessions. These sessions usually take place either Wednesday or Friday afternoons.

Collaboration is actively encouraged, so if there’s someone else on the PGCert in HE you’d like to work with, please consider joint submission.


Next steps

To find out if you are eligible for the programme and to apply, please visit: